Luis Castañeda inaugurates new highway from downtown Lima to San Juan

Living in Peru
Israel J. Ruiz

The Municipality of Lima inaugurated Wednesday morning a new highway that will run from Grau Avenue in downtown Lima to San Juan de Lurigancho, Peru’s most populated district.

With an additional 14 kilometers of road, the new highway is to reduce a one hour forty-five minute journey to only thirty minutes.

The mayor of Lima, Luis Castañeda Lossio was present at the inauguration ceremony, in which a young girl from a school in San Juan cut the symbolic ribbon.

After stating that the highway had cost over 28 million soles to build, the mayor explained that this was one of many improvements being made to Lima’s streets as a part of a campaign to reduce traffic problems in the country’s capital.

The new highway will take passengers from Grau Avenue in downtown Lima to the intersections of El Sol and Proceres avenues in San Juan de Lurigancho.

Between the two districts, the highway will run through the district of El Agustino.

It was reported that commuters from San Juan and El Agustino would no longer have to travel down Abancay Avenue, one of the capital’s busiest and most polluted roads, to reach Lima’s downtown.

The new highway has been equipped with special lanes for public transportation as well as separate lanes for private vehicles.